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Worcester Launches Smart Energy Advice Program By Hiring Energy Advocates

For Immediate Release: 11/13/2023 3:39 pm

WORCESTER, Mass. – The City of Worcester is pleased to announce the launch of our Smart Energy Advice program with the hiring of two Energy Advocates in the Department of Sustainability and Resilience.

The two hires come as part of the City’s participation in the 2023-2024 Community First Partnership grant program offered by the local sponsors of Mass Save, National Grid and Eversource. Worcester is one of nine Community Partner Teams selected to participate in this initiative this year.

Worcester’s Energy Advocates can guide people through scheduling an energy assessment, accessing the rebates and incentives, providing explanations and assistance on energy bills, and offering referrals to other resources as needed.

The City is working with our local Mass Save sponsors to provide cost-saving energy efficiency solutions to residents, small businesses, houses of worship and local nonprofits. The City also aims to increase participation among renters and landlords, non-English speaking/Limited English Proficiency residents, low-to-moderate income households and small businesses through targeted outreach.

“We’re excited to launch this program to help residents and small businesses save money on their energy bills and reduce their environmental impact” said Chief Sustainability Officer John Odell. “Our Green Worcester Plan lays out ambitious energy reduction goals and we’ll need everyone’s participation to achieve them.”

Participants can receive a no-cost energy assessment to identify energy-saving opportunities, such as insulation and heating and cooling equipment upgrades. Here’s how you may be able to save energy and money:

  • 75%-100% off approved insulation upgrades to help improve year-round comfort and cut your heating and cooling costs by an average of 20%
  • Up to $16,000 in rebates for heat pumps that heat and cool your home
  • 0% financing (up to $25,000) for these projects
  • No-cost air leak-sealing improvements
  • No-cost energy-saving products like programmable thermostats, water-saving devices, and advanced power strips

As a Community Partner Team, Worcester is eligible for up to $60,000 in funding each year for two years to support these outreach projects, as well as marketing and technical support.

Letters are being sent out to property owners over the next two months, explaining the program and how to get involved.

Those interested in participating can contact the Energy Advocates with initial questions or start their energy efficiency efforts by requesting a no-cost energy assessment at or by calling 508-372-8389. Go to to learn more about the program.

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